OKLAHOMA CITY — Jazz guard Rodney Hood is a Nike athlete.
Some of his go-to kicks are Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George’s signature shoes, the Nike PG 1.
But on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Hood didn't want to give his opponent an edge so he decided to break out the brand new, black/white Nike Kyrie 4’s instead.
His teammate Royce O’Neale decided to go with a custom pair of white/yellow Nike PG 1’s while being matched up against George.
Hood said he teased him about it before the tipoff.
George certainly noticed O’Neale’s sneaker choice but didn’t let up on the rookie out of Baylor and ended with 18 points plus a vicious one-handed driving slam over Derrick Favors in the third quarter.
O’Neale logged 15 minutes, scoring eight points and three rebounds.
“That’s not the first time I've seen somebody in my shoes,” George said. “It’s respect. It’s love to be somebody that guys want to wear their shoes and look up to.
“It’s an honor,” he added. “It lets me know that I’m playing the right way and I’m doing something right.”